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The Professional (1981)
"Le professionnel" (original title)

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French secret agent Joss Baumont is sent to one of the African countries to kill their president Njala. However, at the last moment the political situation changes and the French secret ... See full summary »

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Josselin Beaumont dit 'Joss'
Jean Desailly ...
Le ministre
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Alice Ancelin (as Cyrielle Claire)
Marie-Christine Descouard ...
Doris Frederiksen
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Jeanne Baumont
Jean-Louis Richard ...
Le colonel Martin
Michel Beaune ...
Le capitaine Valeras
Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu ...
L'inspecteur Farges (as Bernard Donnadieu)
Pierre Saintons ...
Le président N'Jala
Gérard Darrieu ...
L'instructeur Picard
Sidiki Bakaba ...
Le prisonnier évadé
Baaron
Robert Hossein ...
Le commissaire Rosen
Dany Kogan ...
Sergent Gruber
Marc Lamole ...
Le serveur d'hôtel
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French secret agent Joss Baumont is sent to one of the African countries to kill their president Njala. However, at the last moment the political situation changes and the French secret service turns him in to the African authorities, and he is sentenced to a long-term imprisonment. After the daring escape he returns to France and deliberately informs his former chiefs of his presence promising them to kill Njala who has just arrived to the country with the official visit. Written by Yuri German <blsidt1@imf.org>

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4th highest grossing movie of its year in France. Broke the 300,000 admissions mark in Paris; a record at the time. See more »

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When the clochards reach the car with the policemen inside, one of the chlochards destroys a bottle on the roof of the car, so the roof gets wet and there are lots of glass splinters on it. In various shots after, the roof is completely clean again. See more »

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Wonderful movie. You never get tired of watching it.
4 March 2006 | by (Albania) – See all my reviews

For me this is the best work of Bel Mondo. The story its just perfect, Joss (main character) uses the orders that the service gave to him to kill president N'jala even after he became friend to to his government. They betrayed him and left him to die in prison. The character of commissaire Rosen it's a perfect one. I have seen this movie maybe 20 times and every time I find something new. The speech in the end between the minister and capitaine Valeras it's my preferite moment: Is this call under surveillance? Of course Mr. Minister. The duel between Rosen and Joss in the best picture of Paris I have ever seen is also great. But the truth is every moment and every word is perfect. You don't have to miss this movie.


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